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Professor NG Mee Kam (伍美琴教授)


Department Vice-Chairman
Urban Studies Programme
Associate Director,
Institute of Future Cities
Associate Director,
Hong Kong Institute of Asian Pacific Studies

BA (Geography) (HKU)
MSc (Urban Planning) (HKU)
PhD (Urban Planning) (UCLA)

(852) 3943-6645

Teaching Fields

Urban studies 城市研究
Urban and regional planning and development 城市及區域規劃與發展
Sustainable development 可持續發展
Cities and globalisation 城市.全球化

Research Interests

Urban planning and governance 城市規劃與管治
Strategic spatial planning 策略性空間規劃
Production of space and the politics of planning 空間再造與規劃政治
Urban regeneration 都市更新
Sustainable development 可持續發展
Community planning 社區規劃


Member, The Placemaking Leadership Council, Project for Public Space, New York.
Convener of the Railway Objections Hearing Panel, Hong Kong.
Member, Appeal Tribunal, Buildings Ordinance (Cap123).
Member, Building Committee, Hong Kong Housing Authority.
Member, Product Eco-responsibility Appeal Board Panel.
Member, Membership Board, Hong Kong Institute of Planners
Academic advisor, Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design.
Honorary Fellow, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, The University of Hong Kong

Associate Editor:
Planning Theory and Practice, Routledge.
Cities Section of the ARI-Springer ASIA Series.

Editorial Board member:
City, Culture and Society, Elsevier.
disP—the Planning Review, Journal of the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), ETH Zurich.
Town Planning Review, Liverpool University Press.
Business Strategy and the Environment, Wiley


Selected Publications

Ng, M.K. (forthcoming), “Dystopian utopia? Utopian dystopia? A tale of two struggles for the right to the city,” in Leary-Owhin, M.E. and McCarthy, J.P., Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City and Urban Society.

Ng, M.K. (forthcoming), “Sustainable community building in the face of state-led gentrification: the story of the Blue House cluster in Hong Kong,” Town Planning Review.

Ng, M.K. (forthcoming), “Transformative urbanism and reproblematising land scarcity in Hong Kong,” Urban Studies.

Chen, H.W., Ng, M.K., Es, M., Lee, J., Mak, W.W.S. and Tong, Y. (2018), “Socio-spatial polarization and the (re)-distribution of deprived groups in world cities: a case study of Hong Kong,” Urban Geography,

Ng, M.K. (2018), “John Friedmann’s ‘radical’ legacy in Asia’s world city, Hong Kong,” Journal of the American Planning Association, Volume 84, Issue 2, pp.197-199 (

Ng, M.K. (2018), “Urban renewal, sense of community and social capital: a case study of two neighbourhoods in Hong Kong,” in Clark, J. and N. Wise (eds), Wellbeing and Community Change: Issues and Impacts in Urban Renewal, Springer Urban Book Series, pp.1-23.

Ng, M.K. (2017), “Enclosure and recommoning: the struggle of community development in Asia’s World City,” Local Economy, Vol.32, Issue 7, pp.640-655, (

Ng, M.K. (2017), “Governing green urbanism: the case of Shenzhen, China,” Journal of Urban Affairs,

Rangan, H., Ng, M.K., Chase, J., Porter, L. (2016), Insurgencies and Revolutions: Reflections on John Friedmann’s Contributions to Planning Theory and Practice, Routledge.

Ng, M.K. (2016), “From Xinhai Revolution (1911) to the Umbrella Movement (2014): Insurgent citizenship, radical planning and Chinese culture in the Hong Kong SAR,” in Rangan, H., Ng, M.K., Chase, J., Porter, L. (2016), Insurgencies and Revolutions: Reflections on John Friedmann’s Contributions to Planning Theory and Practice, Routledge

Ng, M.K., Zhai, B-Q, Zhao, Y-Q and Li, J. (2016), “Valuing Xi’an: a Chinese capital for 13 dynasties,” disP—The Planning Review, 52(3): 8-15, DOI: 10.1080/02513625.2016.1235867

Ng, M.K. (2016), “The right to healthy place-making and well-being,” Planning Theory and Practice, 17(1), 3-6. (

Ng, M.K. (2015), “Uncharted Territory: Planning and Planning Education in Asia 2015: Hong Kong,” disP: The Planning Review, Vol.51, p.26-27.(

Ng,  M.K. (2015), “Urban policies in Asia,” in Wright, J.D. (Editor-in-Chief),International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition), Elsevier, MS74057.

Ng, M.K. (2015), “Planning in Hong Kong as an undemocratic post-colonial Chinese capitalist society: negotiating the roles of technocrats, traditional public intellectuals and reflective practitioners,’ in Hillier, J. and Metzger, J. (eds.),Connections: Exploring Contemporary Planning Theory and Practice with Patsy Healey, pp.113-126.

Ng, M.K. (2015), “Community engagement in post-1997 Hong Kong: collaborative or manipulative practice?” in Silva, E.A., Healey, P. and Harris, N. (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods, Routledge, pp.157-168.

Ng, M.K. (2015), “Research methodology and my life: some personal reflections,” in Silva, E.A., Healey, P. and Harris, N. (eds.), Planning Methods in Planning: Research Inquiry in the Spatial Planning Field, UK: RTPI, pp.18-23.

Ng, M.K. (2015), “Knowledge and power in regenerating lived space in Treasure Hill, Taipei 1960s-2010: from squatter settlement to a co-living artist village,’Planning Perspectives, Vol. 30, Issue 2, 2015, pp.253-270. (

Ng, M.K. (2014), “The state of ‘planning rights’ in Hong Kong: a case study of ‘wall-like’ buildings," Town Planning Review, Vol.85, No.4, pp.489-511.

Ng, M.K. (2014), “Intellectuals and the production of space in the urban renewal process in Hong Kong and Taipei,’ Planning Theory and Practice, Vol.15, No.1, pp.77-92. (Received the AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning) Best Published Paper Award 2015)


Research Projects

Principal Investigator

“Reinventing ‘commons’ in the New Territories, Hong Kong: institutional challenges and planning implications,” General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, 2019-2021 ($926,088).

“A multi-dimensional ‘point-line-plane’ approach for industrial heritage conservation in Hong Kong: a case study of Ma On Shan (MOS) Iron Mine,” Funding Scheme for Thematic Research on Built Heritage Conservation 2018, The Government of Hong Kong, 1/7/2018-31/7/2020 (HK$2 million).

“’Responsive or transformative practice’? Strategic spatial planning in Hong Kong, Singapore and Shenzhen,” General Research Fund, Research Grants Council, 2017-2018 ($661,500).

“Low Carbon Living in a High-density Environment—Strategies for optimizing Hong Kong’s living environment beyond 2030,” Institution of Civil Engineers (Hong Kong Association), 2014-2015 (HK$810,000).

“Growth machines? Sustainable communities? Values and urban fortunes in Chinese cities,” General Research FundResearch Grants Council, 2015-2016 (HK$672,392).

“’Community capacities, social capital, citizen values and impact assessment’: community-based planning as a missing component in the urban planning system in Hong Kong?” General Research FundResearch Grants Council, 2014-2015 (HK$520,000).

 “’Walled buildings’, ‘the right to the city’, place governance and the delayed amendment of an outdated planning ordinance: an institutional analysis”, General Research FundResearch Grants Council, 2011-2013 (HK$487,727).

"’The Production of Space is a Matter of Life and Death’? A Lefebvrian perspective on old urban neighbourhood renewal in Hong Kong and Taipei,” General Research FundResearch Grants Council, 2010-2012 (HK$430,675).

 “Rationality and Power: towards a phronetic understanding of the practice of reclamation in Hong Kong,” Research Grants Council, 1 January 2007 to 30 June 2009 (HK$509,640).

 “Rhetoric versus Action: land use planning practice in Shenzhen, the People’s Republic of China,” Research Grants Council, 1 Dec. 1999 to 30 Nov. 2001 (HK$405,000).

“An Urban Regeneration Strategy for Hong Kong: addressing key socio-economic issues in a restructuring context,” Research Grants Council.  1 Dec. 1997 to 30 Nov. 1999 (HK$200,000).

“A Comparative Study of the Land Use Planning Systems in Hong Kong and Selected cities in Guangdong Province, China.”  Research Grants Council. 1 December 1995 to 30 November 1997 (HK$165,000).